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Champions League: Sevilla at Rangers

30 September 2009 No Comment

In order to get to Ibrox Stadium, I took the subway from downtown Glasgow. I arrived at the Ibrox station around 4 pm even though the game did not start until 7:45 pm. My plan was to hang out at a few pubs in the neighborhood.

Obtaining Tickets
As soon as I got off the train a man selling Rangers souvenirs was offering to sell his two tickets to the match. His tickets were priced at £37 each. He would have sold me one for face value. Instead I chose to see what ticket prices were at the box office. I knew tickets were £40 each so wondered how he had gotten a £37 price point.

I went to the box office and asked if they had a student discount – the guy said no. Thus, I walked back to the souvenir man and offered him £30 – he said no. Thus, I walked back to the box office to buy a ticket. However, I saw a sign that said concessions (meaning less than 18 years old or over 65) that said £30. I asked the next guy at the ticket office if I could buy a concession seat and he said yes. I bought the ticket for £30.

Pre Game
The only pub I could find in the area was the Stadium Bar directly across the street from the Ibrox subway station. Once again, the pub did not serve any food so I had to wait until I got into the stadium to eat. In the pub I found out how the souvenir man received a £37 price point – it was included in a three game ticket package. The fan who gave me that information made fun of me when he saw I bought a concessions ticket. I figured he was just upset that I paid less than him.

Secondary Ticket Market
We actually could all have paid less than what we paid at the box office. For the first time since heading to Northern England, there were fans around the stadium with extra tickets. I counted at least 15-20 fans with extra tickets. Disappointed that I had not held out until game time, I was still happy to find out that fans were selling their extra tickets.

The Game
Sevilla crushed Rangers 4-1 as they scored a goal in the 50th, 64th 72nd and 74th minutes. It rained most of the match which left the pitch in similar shape to the two Villareal matches I attended. Each time a player cut water would jump up from the pitch. After Sevilla’s fourth goal (which gave them a 4-0 lead) fans started to leave.

Post Game
The line to get onto the train at the Ibrox subway stop was incredibly long after the game and with the rain coming down hard I walked back to the Stadium Bar to wait out the line. Around 15 minutes later the line had dispersed so I scampered into the subway stop to avoid the down pouring rain.

The pubs in downtown Scotland were closing down when I got back so I decided to head back to the Euro Hostel and go to sleep.

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